Five Heritage Films on Canada at War now on YouTube

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has released the last set of heritage films on its YouTube channel. Easy to access, you can now enjoy the following short films:

You can see our previous announcements on Snapshots of Canadian Life, Scenic Canada, and Agriculture and Industry.

You can also find archived versions of the films on the Virtual Silver Screen page.

TD Summer Reading Club 2013

Graphical element: Logo for the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club

This year, the TD Summer Reading Club invited children and their parents to become explorers and discover the world. Under the theme, Go!, the young people set off on an adventure, uncovered fascinating cultures and explored exotic locations, all the while making unforgettable discoveries through the magic of reading.

The TD Summer Reading Club is a bilingual program that aims to instil in children the fun of reading during the summer. This summer’s edition, launched by the TD Bank, the Toronto Public Library and Library and Archives Canada on May 29th, was a great success: 600,000 young people participated in over 28,000 activities and read a total of 2 million books!

Graphical element: An illustration from the 2013 TD Summer Reading Club

To continue the fun, the TD Summer Reading Club’s website is full of exciting activities and surprises. Young readers are invited to leave comments about their favourite books, participate in a scavenger hunt, write silly stories and share their favourite jokes with their friends! Lastly, they can also learn to draw with the Club artist, Matt James, and share their creations online!

Children enjoy TD Summer Reading Club activities at Bibliothèque Sainte-Julie.

Children enjoy TD Summer Reading Club activities at Bibliothèque Sainte-Julie.

Mission Accomplished! Access to 15 Databases in One Stop!

On December 18, 2012, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced the upcoming deployment of a series of 15 databases on Canadian census returns. Following the online publication of the 1861 Census returns database a few weeks ago, LAC is proud to report: mission accomplished!

Now, using the LAC website, it is possible to consult nominal indexes for census returns from 1825 to 1916. That is a total of more than 32 million documents. Moreover, all these indexes are available at no cost!

This massive undertaking required continuous cooperation from members of a number of LAC teams, as well as highly organized operations, over a number of

What is the final result?

  • A clear presentation that is consistent with the Government of Canada’s Internet accessibility standards.
  • The ability to perform a search using nominal or geographical criteria.
  • Standardized geographic metadata that is now available in both official languages.
  • The ability to choose between images in JPG or PDF formats.
  • The ability to suggest corrections.
  • Weekly automatic updates.

And, ultimately, for you, valued users, a much simpler and easier way to trace your ancestors!

Questions or comments? We would love to hear from you!

Library and Archives Canada releases eighth podcast episode

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the release of its latest podcast episode: Canada’s Photographic Memory.

In this episode, we explore the evolution of photography using Library and Archives Canada’s extensive photographic collection as our guide. Archivist Jill Delaney takes us through the collection and brings to light some of the incredible stories surrounding these iconic images.

Subscribe to podcast episodes using RSS or iTunes, or just tune in at: Podcast – Discover Library and Archives Canada: Your History, Your Documentary Heritage.

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Census of 1861 now available online

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce that the Census of 1861 is now available online. Information was collected for people living in Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

Canadians can search this new database by nominal information, such as the surname, given name(s) and age of an individual, as well as by geographical information such as district and sub-district names.

Release of a new version of the Census of 1851 database

Library and Archives Canada is pleased to announce the release of a new version of the Census of 1851 database.

The 1851 Census marked the second collection of statistics for the Province of Canada (consisting of Canada West and Canada East). Information was also collected for New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

In addition to searching by geographical information such as province, district, and sub-district, users can now also search by nominal information such as name, given name(s) and age of an individual.